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Vikram Lall comes of age in 1950s Kenya, at the same time that the colony is struggling towards independence. Against the unsettling backdrop of Mau Mau violence, Vic and his sister Deepa, the grandchildren of an Indian railroad worker, search for their place in a world sharply divided between Kenyans and the British. We follow Vic from a changing Africa in the fifties, to the hope of the sixties, and through the corruption and fear of the seventies and eighties. Hauntingly told in the voice of the now exiled Vic, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall is an acute and bittersweet novel of identity and family, of lost love and abiding friendship, and of the insidious legacy of the British Empire.


This haunting novel of corruption and regret brings to life the complexity and turbulence of Kenyan society in the last five decades. It is a powerful story of passionate betrayals and political violence, racial tension and the strictures of tradition, told in elegant, assured prose.

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M.G. Vassanji was born in Kenya, and raised in Tanzania. He took a doctorate in physics at M.I.T. and came to Canada in 1978. While working as a research associate and lecturer at the University of Toronto in the 1980s he began to dedicate himself seriously to a longstanding passion: writing.His first novel, The Gunny Sack, won a regional Commonwealth Writers Prize, and he was invited to be writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa. The novels success was a spur, Vassanji has commented: “It was translated into several languages. I was confident that this was what I could do, that writing was not just wishful thinking. In 1989 I quit my full-time job and began researching The Book of Secrets.” That celebrated, bestselling novel won the inaugural Giller Prize, in 1994.Vassanjis other books include the acclaimed novels No New Land (1991) and Amriika (1999), and Uhuru Street (1991), a collection of stories. His unique place in Canadian literature comes from his elegant, classical style, his narrative reach, and his interest in characters trying to reconcile different worlds within themselves. The subtle relations of the past and present are also constants in his writing: “When someone asks you where you are from or who you are, there is a whole resume of who you are. I know very few people who do not have a past to explain. That awareness is part of my work.”M.G. Vassanji was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize in 1994 in recognition of his achievement in and contribution to the world of letters, and was in the same year chosen as one of twelve Canadians on Macleans Honour Roll. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

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writermala, September 25, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
A book rife with details which illustrates beautifully the mindset and treatment of Asians (read Indians) in East Africa, specifically Kenya, both before Independence and after.

Vikram Lall (Vic) feels totally Kenyan except that he is never considered one; he can not relate to India like his mother can as Kenya is the land of his birth. The horrors perpetuated by the Mau Mau leave him stunned but after independence he makes a role for himself as a middle man both respected and derided.

Vic's battle with his conscience is well portrayed as also the peccadilloes of all the other characters introduced. A very readable book.
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Vassanji, M. G.
Vintage Contemporaries
Moyez Vassanji
Brothers and sisters
Psychological fiction
Literature-A to Z
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